• Things to make or read

    Over time, I will add resources to this website that will help you explore the night sky. And if you are a teacher, you will find the resources helpful in your teaching of some sections of the Australian Curriculum: Science Earth & Space Sciences component. Amazing Space! Student Newsletter Download a free ‘Amazing Space!’ student […]

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  • Customised Astronomy & Satellite Viewing Information For Your Location

    Introduction Heavens-Above.com provides free customised information for your location including whole sky star charts, predictions for the visibility of the International Space Station and other satellites (including Iridium flares). Bookmarks for all capital cities are provided below. If you are located elsewhere, you can customise one of the below links to your location. All you […]

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  • Teachers

    Free student astronomy newsletter You can download a free ‘Amazing Space!’ student newsletter for each term. The newsletter’s content will vary but currently includes finder charts for planets visible to the unaided eye (in the early evening sky), where to look for easily recognisable constellations and Moon phases for the months of that term. Potential […]

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Southern Hemisphere Sky Events Blog Posts

This mornings close Venus and Moon daylight conjunction (photo)

(Posted 19 July 2015) From Eastern Australia, the Moon had a very close daylight encounter with the planet Venus. If you were lucky enough to be located North of the Gold Coast, then you would have seen the Moon occult (temporarily cover) the planet Venus. Observers at locations South of the Gold Coast only observed […]

Comet 2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) shines bright (together with the Moon, Venus and Regulus) (with images)

(Posted 18 July 2015) Comet 2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is quickly moving away from the Sun and rising high into the Southern skies. Comet 2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is the brightest comet forecast to be visible from the Southern hemisphere this year. Comet 2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is not intrinsically bright and is best viewed in binoculars. I could see a half […]

Crescent Moon joins Venus, Jupiter and Regulus this weekend

(Posted 17 July 2015) In what seems to be a wonderful never ending show, the crescent Moon will temporarily join Venus and Jupiter as evening twilight ends this weekend. This follows the planets closest approach on 1 July 2015. Brisbane based amateur astronomer Tony Surma-Hawes captured the above image of Venus and Jupiter at closest […]

News Blog Posts

Live in Perth (WA)? Space Station visible in eveni…

Live in Perth (WA)? Space Station visible in evening sky to unaided eye 26 – 28 July 2015. More info / charts: heavens-above.com/PassSummary.as…

Live in Melbourne (Vic)? Space Station visible in…

Live in Melbourne (Vic)? Space Station visible in evening sky to unaided eye 26 – 29 July 2015. More info / charts: heavens-above.com/PassSummary.as…

Live in Hobart (TAS)? Space Station visible in eve…

Live in Hobart (TAS)? Space Station visible in evening sky to unaided eye 26 – 27 July 2015. More info & charts: heavens-above.com/PassSummary.as…

Education Blog Posts

Planetarium presentation for Canberra Astronomical Society

(Posted 17 April 2015) Last night, I ran a short session in the planetarium for members of the Canberra Astronomical Society as part of the April general meeting programme. I have had the idea of doing this for some time but have been prevented from suggesting the idea due to the long hours I put […]

Moon Phases pre/post test photocopy master

(Posted 29 November 2014) Use this test to assess the knowledge of your students before and after you explore the phases of the Moon with them. Background comments: Note that this Southern hemisphere version does not follow the scientific convention that North should be displayed at the top of the chart. I have chosen to design […]

Comparison image of giant sunspot AR2192 with Earth. Summary …. it’s really big!

(Posted 25 October 2014) The Earth is only 0.9% the diameter of the Sun. I have read that so many times but it is only when you start comparing the Earth to other celestial objects that you realise how small it is. Take for instance, the giant sunspot AR2192 currently located on the Earth facing […]

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Fantastic image of Comet PanSTARRS (C/2014 Q1) by Anne-Louise Surma-Hawes

(Posted 19 July 2015) I want to share the below image of Comet PanSTARRS (C/2014 Q1) taken by Anne-Louise Surma-Hawes yesterday from near Leyburn, Queensland early yesterday evening. Anne-Louise Surma-Hawes described the process of creating the image as follows.The image is a composite of several images ranging from 5 seconds to 30 seconds to capture the dynamic range of […]

This mornings close Venus and Moon daylight conjunction (photo)

(Posted 19 July 2015) From Eastern Australia, the Moon had a very close daylight encounter with the planet Venus. If you were lucky enough to be located North of the Gold Coast, then you would have seen the Moon occult (temporarily cover) the planet Venus. Observers at locations South of the Gold Coast only observed […]

Comet 2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) shines bright (together with the Moon, Venus and Regulus) (with images)

(Posted 18 July 2015) Comet 2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is quickly moving away from the Sun and rising high into the Southern skies. Comet 2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is the brightest comet forecast to be visible from the Southern hemisphere this year. Comet 2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is not intrinsically bright and is best viewed in binoculars. I could see a half […]

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